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Google Like a Librarian: Search Tips and Tricks

Google Like a Librarian: Search Tips and Tricks

 
 

 

 

Google is becoming one of the most powerful and prevalent agents of the internet. How can we harness the power of Google to help our patrons? Can we shield our customers from false or inaccurate information? Are we making the best of this titan of the internet?
There are infinite ways to use Google; this webinar will show you how to be a guardian of Google search hacks, services, and boolean operators to hasten the endgame of your results.

At the conclusion of webinar, participants will be able to:
● List individual search engines contained within Google
● Assess web search results
● Identify the best search terms
● Utilize search techniques to promote accurate information distribution
● Promote the library’s mission, goals, and programming

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Original broadcast December 8, 2020

Presenter: Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie also teaches computer classes and sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.
Maggie started library work in 5th grade as a shelver and volunteer in her school library. As a teen, she started shelving in her local public library and has held many library positions since. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BA in English and minor in classical studies. She received her MLIS from Kent State and has been working as a librarian for six years.
Maggie loves gardening, camping and her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 5 cats, and 9 chickens.

Makerspaces in Today’s World

Makerspaces in Today’s World

 

In a world of COVID-19, where does that leave our makerspaces?

By their very nature, makerspaces are “hands on”. Learn how you can take the makerspace interaction a touchless experience and still fully engage with your patrons.

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Original broadcast December 9, 2020 

Presenter ~ Chris DeCristofaro
Chris DeCristofaro is the Technology Librarian at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York. He is the Department head of “The Studio”, Sachem’s makerspace. Chris the creator and co-host of the podcast “The Library Pros”, a podcast that discusses libraries and technology. The podcast has had over 20,000 downloads in since March of 2017 and has been downloaded in all 50 states and 22 countries around the world. You can find the listen wherever you find podcasts. Chris has been a librarian since 2002 working in several libraries across Suffolk County New York. He has been a speaker at various conferences including The New York Library Association Conference, Computers in Libraries, Long Island Library Resources Council Conference on “Libraries and the Future” and other library tech seminars. Chris the past President and current “Member at Large” of the “Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association” and hosts a monthly meeting discussing libraries and tech with colleagues from across Long Island. Chris has a new book Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020) available now.

YouTube 101

YouTube 101

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YouTube is a great way to engage current users and connect with new users. 

During this fun introductory look at YouTube, we will explore:

  • Best practices for creating and sharing content
  • The basics of live-streaming
  • How to use YouTube analytics 

Attendees are encouraged to share their own experiences and videos. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Fix your Facebook: Easy to implement strategies for improving your social media presence

Fix your Facebook: Easy to implement strategies for improving your social media presence

 

Sometimes managing your library’s Facebook page can feel like shouting into the void! This presentation pulls back the curtain on Facebook’s algorithm and explores proven methods for increasing engagement with your public using easy-to-follow strategies. Stop struggling and achieve social media success!

 

Original broadcast December 2, 2020 

Presenter ~ Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.

Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning

Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning

 

Minecraft, officially released in 2011, is a popular sandbox video game where players explore a blocky 3D world and have opportunities to discover and use raw materials while creatively building tools and structures. Minecraft is fun, but it can also enhance learning in a variety of creative ways making it a powerful tool in a teaching librarian’s toolbox.

In this webinar:

– Learn the basics of Minecraft including the different game modes: survival and creative
– Gain hands-on experience using Minecraft Education Edition,
– Discover ways to use Minecraft to teach coding, digital citizenship, social skills, and more.
– Explore innovative projects built on top of Minecraft that can be used to teach advanced skills like reinforcement learning.

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Original broadcast November 18, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

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Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

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​Yes, there are faithful standbys, such as Canva, but there is so much more out there that libraries can make use of!

Many tools specialize in creating very specific types of visual content but are not known in the mainstream.

Take a one-hour tour of some of the best and most useful (and FREE!) online tools you can use to spice up your library’s marketing efforts.

Laura Solomon, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and a W3C-certified front-end web developer. She has been doing web development and design for more than twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Advanced WordPress

Advanced WordPress

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WordPress is a content management system (CMS) many libraries utilize for their websites. WordPress helps easily create a framework for your website, but its open-source roots allow us to customize and shape our sites to our specific vision. 

During this interactive workshop, we will go past the basics of this popular CMS to discuss how we can take our websites to the next level through custom CSS, plugins, and more.  We will delve into best practices for a healthy WordPress site and make your site more dynamic and user-friendly. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own experiences to share.

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Website Essentials: Things Every Library Website Should Have

Website Essentials: Things Every Library Website Should Have

 

There are so many plugins, features, and tools that make websites better, safer, and more interactive.

This webinar will explore:

– Key plugins to enhance the user experience
– Essential tools to help design, monitor, and secure the site.
– Best practices and tips for creating the best user experience possible
– How to find areas to tweak to bring those improved experiences forward.

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Original broadcast November 10, 2020

Presenter ~ Brian Pichman
Brian Pichman is a technology enthusiast, sharing his thoughts and ideas to libraries so they can become more interactive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging He is a web developer with experience designing websites. Brian started a collaborative platform called the Evolve Project which aims to change the way people see libraries by introducing new technology and concepts for libraries. Libraries need to re-position themselves as community anchors in order to succeed in today’s culture.

Canva: Beyond the Basics

Canva: Beyond the Basics

 

You already know that Canva is an online graphic design website that targets people who have little graphic design experience. But even the most user-friendly platform has its secrets. AnnMarie is here to take your Canva experience to the next level. In this webinar, you’ll learn: – Graphic design concepts that make eye-catching images – Best practices for organizing and sharing images – Tips for creating social media graphics, videos, infographics, and custom Powerpoint slides – Little-known features that make Canva even easier to use – How your library may be eligible to get the premium version of Canva for free.

Here are the slides:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wNz3y3yToGQT3SJo8ohoTc7AJRQh3nuo/view?usp=sharing

Adding the Stroke Effect in Canva

Original broadcast November 4, 2020 

Presenter ~ AnnMarie Flora
AnnMarie has over a decade of experience working on the front lines in public libraries. She has worked in reference, cataloging, circulation, and youth services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her passions include perfecting the library user experience, advocating for libraries on social media, and motivating people to write down and share their stories.

AnnMarie has been using Canva as her graphic design platform of choice for over five years and uses it for everything from fliers to displays to social media graphics. She’s here to share her knowledge and make you a better graphic designer.

Making a difference & measuring it: Defining and sharing the value of your library

Making a difference & measuring it: Defining and sharing the value of your library

 

How can we understand all the ways our library makes a difference in the community? What new metrics should complement traditional measures like numbers of loans and visits? How do we balance the values which matter to the bodies that fund us, and those which matter to the people we serve? How can we measure those values in terms other than dollars and cents? Once we start thinking about measuring the difference our services make, how can we use that to make better strategic decisions? This session will introduce you to simple, quick-to-master tools and techniques for defining and measuring the value created by your library service, and making future decisions on the basis of your findings. You’ll discover new and effective ways to map and articulate the impact of your library service. Understanding the different kinds of value created by your service can strengthen your strategic decisionmaking, help you with advocacy and communication of your relevance to the community, and support you in identifying new opportunities to help the people you serve.

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Original broadcast October 28, 2020

Presenter ~ Matt Finch
Matt Finch is a consultant and strategic planner for libraries and other organizations, helping them to consider the future, find their brightest ideas, and turn them into reality. You can see more about Matt’s work at https://mechanicaldolphin.com/testimonials/